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31 Aug

Multi-platinum Epic Records recording artists Chevelle have just released their fifth album this morning: Sci-Fi Crimes.

The band’s first single from their new album “Jars” is one of their biggest hits ever becoming their seventh Top 5 hit at rock radio. “Jars” is also currently #12 on the modern rock chart and climbing. They’ve also released the video for “Jars” (watch below):

Later this week on Thursday September 3rd Chevelle will take part in three events in their hometown of Chicago, IL. Early that afternoon the band will be on hand for an induction ceremony at the Hard Rock Café. Chevelle will be donating an item to the restaurant for display.

Following the conclusion of that event Chevelle will perform two special hometown shows at the Lasalle Power Company. At 4:30pm that day Chevelle will perform a 30-minute set for the first 350 fans who show up and purchase the new album. Later that evening the band will perform a full set for Q101 listeners. Tune into Q101 to find out how to win tickets for that private show.

“There’s nowhere we’d rather be than in our hometown during our release week, remarked lead singer Pete Loeffler. “Our Chicago fans have been a huge part of our success since we started and we’re thrilled to be doing two special shows just for them.”

Chevelle begins a national headlining tour on September 11th with Atlantic Records recording artists Halestorm opening all dates.

Sci-Fi Crimes is the follow up 2007’s smash album Vena Sera. The Chicago-based trio spent seven weeks co-producing Sci-Fi Crimes with Brian Virtue (Jane’s Addiction, 30 Seconds to Mars, Deftones) in Nashville, Tennessee.

Formed in 1995, the Chicago-based band has remained a staple in the rock scene with six Top 5 Modern Rock hits under their belt, including the #1 songs “Send the Pain Below” and “Vitamin R (Leading Us Along)” as well as fan favorites, “The Red” and “The Clincher”. The band is made up of Pete Loeffler (vocals, guitars), brother Sam Loeffler (drums), and brother-in-law Dean Bernardini (bass).

Friday, September 11 Nashville, TN Riverfront Park
Saturday, September 12 Huntington, WV Harris Riverfront Park
Sunday, September 13 Flint, MI The Machine Shop
Monday, September 14 Grand Rapids, MI The Orbit Room
Wednesday, September 16 Windsor, ON CANADA / University of Windsor
Friday, September 18 Sayreville, NJ / Starland Ballroom
Saturday, September 19 Baltimore, MD / Bourbon Street Ballroom
Monday, September 21 Norfolk, VA / The Norva
Tuesday, September 22 Knoxville, TN / Valarium
Thursday, September 24 Orlando, FL / House of Blues
Friday, September 25 Charlotte, NC / Amos’ Southend
Sunday, September 27 North Myrtle Beach, SC / House of Blues
Wednesday, September 30 Richmond, VA / The National
Saturday, October 3 Mobile, AL / Bayfest Downtown
Tuesday, October 6 Omaha, NE / Sokol Auditorium
Wednesday, October 7 West Des Moines, IA / Val Air Ballroom

31 Aug

A quick glance at the fifth Epic album by Chicago-based rock trio Chevelle may give their legions of longtime fans pause. Sci-Fi Crimes song titles like “Roswell” and “Highlands Apparition” have the same guys who delivered 2004’s dynamically crunchy This Type of Thinking (Could Do Us In) and the melodic heaviosity of 2007’s Vena Sera gone conspiracy-theory flaky, wearing tinfoil hats and praying to Mr. Spock.

“Much as I love the Flaming Lips, we’re not going off in that direction,” laughs singer/guitarist Pete Loeffler. “If anything, this record represents a natural progression in the band’s maturity and sound. We really wanted to take the time to write about some of our experiences and feelings since our last tour, both during and in the time afterwards.”

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In fact, the title Sci-Fi Crimes was inspired by some off-road adventures with one “friend,” whom Pete describes as “this really off-the-wall character, who was driving us around, who believes so whole-heartedly in aliens and UFOs that the subject just really piqued my interest.”

In like fashion, the simmering “Roswell,” with its plaintive refrain “does anybody ever really see anything?” was influenced by a subsequent visit to the Roswell International UFO Museum & Research Center in New Mexico, while the deceptively simple, acoustic-driven “Highlands Apparition” took its inspiration from time Pete and his brother Sam spent in an alleged haunted house – where an overall eerie vibe and at least one instance of unexplained physical contact took place.

In typical Chevelle fashion, of course, those instances are embellished and expanded upon lyrically, to the point where the real-life details fall away in favor of engaging the listener in an almost tactile emotionalism. “We’ve always been about being more creative than simply reporting our experiences,” Pete notes. “It makes the music more multi-faceted.”

Sci-Fi Crimes is the work of a band taking stock of itself after a strenuous decade of recording and touring (“Weird to think we’re a ‘veteran’ band; I’m kind of shocked by how long we’ve been going,” Pete muses) and, especially, a blistering tour schedule behind Vena Sera. After that run, they spend a significant amount of time away from one another before reconvening for Sci-Fi Crimes.

Having reconnected and re-energized, Pete soon found himself toying with ideas for songs. “Usually I’ll come up with something on my own, and then bring it in to the guys and we’ll work it out,” he says. “A lot of rock bands out there use outside songwriters, but no one else writes our songs other than ourselves.”

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Maintaining control of the material on Sci-Fi Crimes extended to the choice of producer Brian Virtue, whose past work with Jane’s Addition, Korn and Audioslave had caught Chevelle’s attention. “He’s a low-key guy, but real honest,” Pete says. “He understood what we wanted on this one and he helped us get there, instead of making sure everything’s tuned perfectly and trying to fill every space. That approach can be overdone, which I think happened to a degree on our last record.”

As a composer who writes from the heart, Pete Loeffler doesn’t pay much mind to what may or may not be commercial; the fact that the band continues to enjoy significant airplay with Sci-Fi’s lead single, the mordant take on eco-friendliness-to-a-fault “Jars,” is something he views with bemusement.

“I’m the worst at choosing a single,” he laughs. “We played bits of some of the new songs on [Chicago alternative radio station WKQX] and asked people to vote on what the single should be, and ‘Jars’ was the overwhelming favorite. Fortunately the record company agreed.”

Other tracks he’s particularly proud of include the righteously riffing opener, “Sleep Apnea,” inspired by a friend who suffers from the condition, and “Letter to a Thief,” based on the actual theft of the group’s equipment on the last tour – and the eventual return of Pete’s custom-made guitar.

The latter is highlighted by a gorgeously serpentine solo played on the same guitar. “We really won the battle on that one,” he grins. “It’s got a great vibe to it, and we plan to play it every night.”

Too often lumped into the “just another hard rock band” ghetto, Chevelle emerges with Sci-Fi Crimes as an admittedly heavy-sounding group whose wit and intelligence now stand fully revealed.

“We’ve heard a lot about how we’re a ‘depressing’ band, which I never really believed,” Pete says. “But if all you do is run away from the pain and the hard work that’s part of your life, then what’s the point? We’re trying to show that you can use the bad parts of your life in a positive way, and create good things.”

For more on Chevelle, be sure to go to ChevelleInc.com and www.myspace.com/Chevelle!

Friday, September 11 Nashville, TN Riverfront Park
Saturday, September 12 Huntington, WV Harris Riverfront Park
Sunday, September 13 Flint, MI The Machine Shop
Monday, September 14 Grand Rapids, MI The Orbit Room
Wednesday, September 16 Windsor, ON CANADA / University of Windsor
Friday, September 18 Sayreville, NJ / Starland Ballroom
Saturday, September 19 Baltimore, MD / Bourbon Street Ballroom
Monday, September 21 Norfolk, VA / The Norva
Tuesday, September 22 Knoxville, TN / Valarium
Thursday, September 24 Orlando, FL / House of Blues
Friday, September 25 Charlotte, NC / Amos’ Southend
Sunday, September 27 North Myrtle Beach, SC / House of Blues
Wednesday, September 30 Richmond, VA / The National
Saturday, October 3 Mobile, AL / Bayfest Downtown
Tuesday, October 6 Omaha, NE / Sokol Auditorium
Wednesday, October 7 West Des Moines, IA / Val Air Ballroom

More dates to come!

31 Aug

AFI have announced that they will co-headline mtvU’s inaugural Ulalume Festival on Friday, October 23rd at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland. Davey, Jade, Adam and Hunter, collectively known as AFI, will join co-headliners Paramore along with special guests Kid Cudi and Chester Benninton’s side band, Death By Sunrise. The show, which takes its name from the Edgar Allen Poe poem of the same name, will be sure to celebrate all things spooky and this year’s Halloween. Under a gray autumn sky with withering leaves, the festival grounds will transform into a ghoul haunted woodland featuring a costume contest and more tricks set to unfold throughout the night. Performances straight from “Ulalume” will air during a Halloween-themed week on MTV, MTV.com, mtvU, and mtvU.com, with more details to be announced.

AFI, and fans alike, will celebrate CRASH LOVE as it hits stores September 29th. To celebrate early pre-order CRASH LOVE now on iTunes and receive AFI’s latest single, “Medicate.” For more information on AFI, including the latest news, tour dates, and more visit www.AFireInside.net, www.MySpace.com/AFI or www.facebook.com/AFireInside and stay connected with the band on Twitter @AFI.


iTunes link: http://bit.ly/AFIcrashlove

31 Aug

Thanks to the awesome people at F.O.F. Label Group and Luthier Society, we’re able to bring you a realllllllllly cool Smile Empty Soul prizepack! With this prizepack, you’ll get a copy of the new album Consciousness and a band poster. Oh wait, we forgot.. both are SIGNED BY THE BAND! If you want one, all you have to do is email us your name and we’ll email you back asking for your mailing address if you win! Check out a picture of the prizepack on the right.

31 Aug

The Used have released their new album, Artwork, in stores now. Alternative Press is calling the new album “…not only the definitive album of their career but arguably one of the best records you’ll hear in 2009.” The limited edition, first run only, CD/DVD is available now at all retailers. iTunes bonus track version contains 4 extra songs.

The Used is also inviting users to take part in the first-ever 24-hour tweet-for-ticket album listening party! Their virtual listening party for Artwork, gives fans an album stream in exchange for only one tweet! As a bonus, they will also be able to stream exclusive b-sides from the new album! Visit http://twitter.theused.net to be part of history!

31 Aug

Bloc Party have had a busy weekend. First, they replaced Oasis as the headliners at Rock En Seine on Friday night after the band skipped the performance (and Noel Gallagher left the band). Frontman Kele Okerele dedicated the song “Mercury” to “those inbred twins” referring to the Gallagher brothers. Then last night at the Reading Festival, Kele announced that the band would not be returning to play the festival for a few years after having performed there three years in a row. Bloc Party has been touring pretty much non-stop for the last two years so maybe they could use a little break. Their last album Intimacy did seem to be a slightly rushed effort. Hopefully this time off will allow the band to focus more on a new album.

Earlier in the show, the band celebrated their 10th year of existence as Kele told the story of how he first connected with guitarist Russell Lissack at the Reading Festival in 1999:

    “I decided to ask this guy here [Lissack] if he would play guitar for me… and the rest is history,” Okereke said, before dedicating next track ‘This Modern Love’ to young musicians in the audience. “This next song goes out to any young kids in bands here.”

Read more about it here, check out the setlist from the Reading Festival below:

So Here We Are
Hunting For Witches
Positive Tension
Song For Clay (Disappear Here)
Two More Years
One More Chance
This Modern Love
The Prayer

(Photo credit: Tom Martin)

30 Aug

What better way to spend your Sunday than listening to music, specifically concert bootlegs. Today, we’re able to bring to you two The Dead Weather shows. The first one was recorded at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, ON on June 13th. The second show is from the Ottawa Cisco BluesFest from July 19th. You can get the shows here (Toronto) and here (Ottawa). Enjoy

30 Aug

Having wrapped sold-out shows in nine countries around the globe–U.S., U.K., Japan, Germany, Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic, Belgium and the Netherlands–electronic, punk and hardcore alchemists ENTER SHIKARI return September 4 to the U.S. for a 20-city fall tour. Next, the St. Albans, England heavyweights–renowned worldwide for their incendiary live experience mixing arena-rock showmanship and punk theatrics–will continue their worldwide domination with an October headlining trek with The Devil Wears Prada, to be followed by a high-profile November tour with electronic trailblazers The Prodigy.

ENTER SHIKARI have partnered with DGC/Interscope–through their own U.K. label Ambush Reality–to officially release their new album COMMON DREADS in U.S. stores this coming spring 2010. The group digitally released the album this past June, and ALTERNATIVE PRESS magazine offered up this praise in an early review:

“At their most ambitious (‘Solidarity’), ENTER SHIKARI manage some unholy amalgam of the Streets’ Mike Skinner, the Prodigy, nu metal, screamo and what sounds like the London Boys Choir, with each element cranked to 11 on the bombast meter. Songs like ‘Juggernauts’ (one of the year’s best singles, with singer Rou Reynolds sounding not just defiant, but terrified, as he goes toe-to-toe with imperialism) and “Wall” should not only turn stadiums into mosh pits–they throw the more abrasive stuff (the grime-through-a-cracked-looking-glass ‘Zzzonked’) into sharper relief. You’d have to be one black-hearted bastard not to smile when Reynolds bellows earnestly, ‘It’s glorious outside.’” (Dan LeRoy, August 2009)

For COMMON DREADS–the follow-up to their 2007 U.K.-gold-certified album Take To The Skies, which debuted at #4 on the U.K. charts–the group teamed with veteran producer Andy Gray (U2, Tori Amos, Korn, Gary Numan). The album is a soundtrack for the current generation on a mission to define the era in which it was born: one of recession, paranoia, state control and the fallout of decades of accelerated capitalism; and on the other side, an era of hope, creativity, humanity, hedonism, irreverence and fun. COMMON DREADS has already garnered the group new fans and widespread critical acclaim from outlets as diverse as the BBC and Absolute Punk:

BBC: “Highlights are fabulously catchy first single ‘Juggernauts,’ swelling grower ‘Wall,’ teenage anthem ‘Hectic’ with its computer-game-esque melody and the unexpectedly twinkly and lovely ‘Gap InThe Fence.’ The album is packed with anthems too–’The Jester’ is Blur’s Parklife… And ‘No Sleep Tonight’ is a hardcore reply to Faithless’ ‘Insomnia.”
–Sophie Bruce, (6/8/09)

Absolute Punk: “Everything about COMMON DREADS is bigger and more realized. “Antwerpen” is catchy whilst still scraping our knees with pissed-off “La La Las”; “Hectic” moves forward on the legs of Reynolds’ much-improved electronics. It’s a dance party for the end of the world. And f**k me for typing that, but COMMON DREADS reminds me why loud music succeeds so readily. It’s an avenue to let it all go, and COMMON DREADS is an outlet of mammoth proportions.”
–Blake Solomon, (5/31/09)

Mojo: “A portentous Star Wars-styled spoken intro about the evils of consumerism segues into big metal riffs on ‘Solidarity,’ Mike Skinnerish raps on ‘Juggernauts,’ then drum’n'bass breaks, euphoric rave keyboards, church choirs and anthemic choruses, all sung with a committed vocal ferocity by Roughton Reynolds. The end effect is like an ADD-compiled mixtape about the ills of globalization, and therefore possibly the true sound of the British suburbs, 2009.”
–Ben Myers, (7/2009)

This week on FUEL TV’s “The Daily Habit,” the group–ROU REYNOLDS (lead vocals/electronics), RORY CLEWLOW (guitar/backing vocals), CHRIS BATTEN (bass/vocals) and ROB ROLFE (drums)–performed the COMMON DREADS lead single “Juggernauts” as well as the genre-bending “Antwerpen.” Check out the group’s two-song live performance on the show:

ENTER SHIKARI are veterans of both America and Europe’s top festivals including the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, the Download, Reading and Leeds Festivals and Summersonic, among many others. Recently, the band was nominated twice for “Best Live Band” and “Best British Band” at the 2009 KERRANG! Magazine Awards.

Check out ENTER SHIKARI on tour in the following cities and expect the U.S. invasion of ENTER SHIKARI to continue throughout 2010:

Leeds Festival
8/28 Leeds, ENGLAND Leeds Festival (2:00pm)

Reading Festival
8/29 Reading, ENGLAND Reading Festival (2:00pm)

ENTER SHIKARI U.S. tour with Alesana, The Bled, Asking Alexandra and Broadway
9/4 Nashville, TN Rockettown
9/5 Memphis, TN New Daisy Theatre
9/6 Tulsa, OK The Marquee
9/7 Columbia, MO Blue Note
9/8 Omaha, NE The Waiting Room
9/9 Des Moines, IA Peoples
9/10 Sioux Falls, SD Nutty’s
9/11 Fargo, ND Aquarium
9/12 Milwaukee, WI Rave
9/13 Lemont, IL Jaguar Club
9/14 Grand Rapids, MI The Intersection
9/15 Indianapolis, IN Emerson Theatre
9/16 Louisville, KY Headliners
9/17 Dayton, OH The Attic
9/18 Toledo, OH Headliners
9/19 Erie, PA Forward Hall
9/20 Altoona, PA Eldolyn Hall
9/21 Syracuse, NY Lost Horizon
9/22 Winooski, VT Higher Ground
9/23 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance

ENTER SHIKARI headlining U.K./Ireland tour with The Devil Wears Prada
10/2 Belfast, Northern Ireland Mandela Hall
10/3 Dublin, Dublin Academy
10/5 Norwich, ENGLAND UEA
10/6 Southampton, ENGLAND Guildhall
10/7 Bristol, ENGLAND O2 Academy
10/8 Plymouth, ENGLAND Pavilions
10/10 London, ENGLAND Roundhouse
10/11 Oxford, ENGLAND O2 Academy
10/12 Manchester, ENGLAND Academy
10/13 Birmingham, ENGLAND O2 Academy
10/15 Sheffield, ENGLAND O2 Academy
10/16 Dundee, Scotland Fat Sams
10/17 Glasgow, Scotland ABC
10/18 Aberdeen, Scotland Music Hall
10/20 Newcastle, ENGLAND O2 Academy
10/21 Nottingham, ENGLAND Rock City
10/22 Liverpool, ENGLAND O2 Academy

ENTER SHIKARI european tour with The Prodigy
11/12 Helsinki, Finland Ice Hall
11/14 Oslo, Norway Spektrum
11/15 Copenhagen, Germany Docken
11/17 Hamburg, Germany Sporthalle
11/18 Brussels, Belgium Forest National Club
11/20 Dresden, Germany Messehallen
11/21 Karlsruhe, Germany Europehalle
11/22 Düsseldorf, Germany Phillipshalle
11/23 Amsterdam, Netherlands Heineken Music Hall
11/25 Berlin, Germany Arena Treptow
11/29 Luxembourg Rockhal
11/30 Zurich, Switzerland Hallestadion
12/3 Barcelona, Spain Sant Jordi Club
12/4 Madrid, Spain Palacio De Deportes

30 Aug

So where we are finally checking out Pearl Jam’s video for “The Fixer” and we’re laughing. Having gone to several PJ shows, we can tell you that we’ve never seen a Pearl Jam crowd react the way that the audience in the video is flipping out. In fact, we’re pretty sure that we haven’t seen Pearl Jam enjoy playing a $how that much in a while either. If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out below and try to refrain from laughing. They’re trying hard.. and every Pearl Jam concert is exactly like the video.

30 Aug

This Providence stopped by It’s On With Alexa Chung last week and performed “Letdown.” Check it out below: